Defence lawyer K P Pawar, appointed to defend surviving Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab in the 26/11 terror attack case, on Wednesday sought to cross examine a total of 91 witnesses out of the 340, whom the prosecution claimed were of formal nature.
The prosecution had submitted the affidavits of 340 witnesses, divided into 12 categories which included claimants of the dead bodies, inquest panch witnesses, injured persons who were not eye-witnesses, carriers of seized materials to forensic lab among others.
Special judge M L Tahilyani, however, informed Pawar that he should try and complete his cross-examination of the 91 witnesses by December 10.
After the cross-examination of all the witnesses, the prosecution is likely to examine four witnesses, including senior crime branch officials, following which the evidence in the 26/11 terror attack would be complete.
The first batch of 34 witnesses will be cross-examined by Pawar tomorrow.
After the recording of evidence is over, the statements of the accused will be recorded under section 313 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which will be followed by final arguments from both the prosecution and defence.